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Scottish Parliament: ASN Assistants (Qualification and Registration) (21 Mar 2024)

Mark Griffin: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the development of an accredited qualification and registration programme for additional support needs assistants. (S6O-03233)

Scottish Parliament: ASN Assistants (Qualification and Registration) (21 Mar 2024)

Mark Griffin: We know that support assistants’ jobs are expanding. Their teaching burdens are increasing, they are more likely to be attacked and they have higher workloads, but they often get less training and support. They have to be classroom teachers, mental health workers and speech and language therapists in order to cover up some gaps in pupil provision. Will the cabinet secretary be clear about...

Scottish Parliament: North Lanarkshire Council School Estate (14 Mar 2024)

Mark Griffin: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it is working with North Lanarkshire Council to improve the school estate. (S6O-03207)

Scottish Parliament: North Lanarkshire Council School Estate (14 Mar 2024)

Mark Griffin: The Scottish Government has cut capital funding for projects such as schools in North Lanarkshire by 31 per cent this year—which is far higher than the cut that was received by the Government. The last new school project to receive money from the Scottish Government was back in 2014. Over the three phases of the funding programme that the cabinet secretary talked about, North Lanarkshire...

Scottish Parliament: Young Carers Action Day 2024 (14 Mar 2024)

Mark Griffin: The young carer grant has been a fantastic addition to the social security landscape in Scotland. The minister talks about fairness. There is a slight unfairness in eligibility. Siblings or people in the same household need to choose between themselves who applies and qualifies for the young carer grant, even if they both provide the same level of care. Will the minister consider extending...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Mark Griffin: We welcome the debate and support the bill’s general principles, as we would any serious attempt to speed up cladding remediation in Scotland. For seven years, we have been urging the Scottish Government to take ownership and to urgently start removing the dangerously combustible materials from Scotland’s homes. Indeed, the minister has spent the vast majority of his time in Parliament as...

Scottish Parliament: Teaching Bursaries (Unused Funds) (29 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: 2. To ask the Scottish Government to where within the education budget it reallocated any unused funds for teaching bursaries in 2023-24. (S6O-03135)

Scottish Parliament: Teaching Bursaries (Unused Funds) (29 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: I think that we can agree that the current pressure-cooker environment in our classrooms, and in particular the rise in violence and aggression, is driving teachers out of the profession and making those who would have considered entering it think again. What action is the Government taking to challenge such classroom environments? Will the Government commit to redistributing any of the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024 [Draft] (28 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: We will not oppose the order today, because we know that it is necessary to get the funding allocated to councils. However, although we will not attempt to block it, we cannot support it. As we indicated during various stages of the budget process, we do not support the 2024-25 budget because people are paying more and getting less. Councils—and the democratic mandate that they receive from...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024 [Draft] (28 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: Mr McCabe is a democratically elected leader of his own council and acts in that capacity without any instruction from me or anyone else. He has his own democratic mandate, and it is about time that the Scottish Government started recognising and respecting the democratic mandate of councils, because not doing so is how we got this problem in the first place. As I said, the Cabinet Secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that, until July last year, I was the owner of a private rented property in the North Lanarkshire Council area. This budget has been entirely chaotic. It will send the housing emergency spiralling and it has surely put the final nail in the coffin of the Verity house agreement. Working people will pay...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: Ross Greer made that intervention a number of weeks ago. He makes the mistake of thinking that this is somehow a day 1, year 1 SNP Government budget. It has been 17 years in the making. The Government is reaping what it has sown in its wasteful spending.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: I am sorry, but I do not have time. It is wasteful spending. There has been an absolute failure to grow the economy. That is something that has come not just this year but has been arrived at over a number of years. Again, I make the point that I made to Mr Greer a number of weeks ago. We do not come to the chamber asking the Government to fund new commitments—we are simply asking the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (22 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: In an attempt to repair the damaged relationship with local government, it has been reported, as Mr Kerr has said, that the cabinet secretary has offered to restore the £63 million that was previously cut from council budgets. Is that restoration of funding dependent on councils agreeing the council tax freeze?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Glasgow) (22 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations released YouGov polling that showed that 80 per cent of people believe that we are in the grip of a housing emergency. Indeed, a number of authorities have declared an emergency, with more to follow. Why is the Government so reluctant to acknowledge what everyone else seems to see, which is that we are in a housing emergency? I fully accept...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I was an owner of a private rented property in the North Lanarkshire Council area until July last year. This has been a chaotic budget from a Government that is now devoid of any economic strategy and is actively planning to send the housing emergency spiralling. Not only will working people pay...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: I acknowledge that the capital budget has been cut, but I fail to understand why that capital cut has been multiplied six times and then handed to the housing budget. It is reasonable to ask from where money should be reallocated to fund priorities, but I do not understand why the Government is asking Opposition members how to fund its promises. It was the Government’s promise—[...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: The finance secretary says that this is a values-led budget, but those values now include increasing homelessness. Those are not my words but the absolutely damning verdict of Shelter Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: We absolutely support them, and we will publish our spending plans when it comes to the next manifesto, but surely Mr Doris—[ Interruption .] Surely Mr Doris understands that his party is in government and that it is the Opposition’s job to hold the Government to account for its promise to the people of Scotland to build 110,000 houses.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Griffin: I say again that it is the Opposition’s job to scrutinise the Government’s promises to the people of Scotland. The Government promised to deliver 110,000 houses and is now absolutely reneging on that commitment. Shelter Scotland, Homes for Scotland and a range of other organisations are clear on what the impact of that will be. In the first months of this year—in the weeks leading up to...


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